Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Thaipusam Festival which will be observed on 31/1/2018 in all temples in Malaysia and all over the world

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The Thaipusam Festival which will be observed on 31/1/2018 in all temples in Malaysia will have lunar eclipse (Chandra Grahanam) this year.

The eclipse will begin at 7.48 pm on 31/1/2018 and end at 11.11pm on the same day.

During the occurrence of eclipse there should not be any abishegam, pooja or offering of neivedhiyam to the GOD. Thus, it has been a practice that temples in Malaysia will be closed during eclipse time.

As the eclipse is occurring on Thaipusam day which is a grand celebration nationwide, temples can be made open to facilitate devotees who come specially to see the Lord. But no prayer, abishegam or neivediyam pooja shall be performed.

Those who are paying their vows in the form of Kavadi, Pal Kudam and other type of vows, are advised to do it BEFORE 7.48pm or AFTER 11.11PM on 31/1/18.

Lord Ganesha's elephant head symbolises the immense wisdom of a person of Perfection.

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Lord Ganesha's elephant head symbolises the immense wisdom of a person of Perfection. Wisdom is something that comes out of manana , independent thinking and reflection. This manana can happen only when one has taken in spiritual knowledge i.e. the process of shravana has taken place. This process of shravana or intake of spiritual knowledge is portrayed as Lord Ganesha's large ears where one listens to a teacher. It also symbolises that even the wisest people are always open to hearing fresh ideas and opinions. In other words, the wise are those who always keep an open mind.
Emerging from the Lord's head is the elephant trunk. This trunk visually depicts a well-developed intellect that arises out of wisdom, the elephant head. Our intellect is of two kinds, gross and subtle. The gross intellect is used to discriminate between pairs of opposites in the world; black and white, hard and soft, easy and difficult. The subtle intellect, on the other hand, discriminates between right and wrong; permanent and impermanent and is colloquially called the conscience. In a person who has realised the Self, this intellect is extremely well-developed; both gross and subtle. Such people have clarity of thinking and a clear sense of right and wrong. At a relative level, even people who have made progress on the spiritual path experience this. Choices become clear and life becomes a lot simpler. Without clarity of thought, our worldview is bound to be confused and coloured by our own prejudices and preconceptions. Lord Ganesha's well-shaped trunk depicts a crystal clear intellect that a person of Perfection develops.! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ•‰๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ“ฟ๐ŸŒ€๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป
เคเค•เคฆंเคคाเคฏ เคตिเคฆ्เคฎเคนे, เคตเค•्เคฐเคคुเคฃ्เคกाเคฏ เคงीเคฎเคนि, เคคเคจ्เคจो เคฆंเคคी เคช्เคฐเคšोเคฆเคฏाเคค्।।
Om Ekadantaya Vidmahe, Vakkratundaya Dheemahi, Tanno Danti Prachodayat.
”Om, Let me meditate on that great male, Oh, God with broken tusk, give me higher intellect, And let the elephant faced one illuminate my mind.”
Om Shri Ganeshaya Namah ~ Jai Ganapati! ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

Interesting facts about Lord Kartikeya (Murugan)

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Interesting facts about Lord Kartikeya (Murugan) 
1. He is the son of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati and is worshipped and venerated mainly in south India.
2- He is known by different names – Lord Murugan, Lord Swaminatha, Sanmukha, Subramaniam, Skanda, Shadanana, Guha, and more.
3- Furthermore, he is the commander of the Devas and the God of war. He is the most fierce and masculine of all the Hindu Gods. He is also fire and is very fiery in nature. he symbolizes perfection and the need for every living being to aim towards being perfect.
4- His birth was with the intent to kill the demon (asura) Tarakasura, that repeatedly defeated the Hindu gods until heaven was on the verge of collapse. The demon had a boon that he should only be killed by a son of Lord Shiva.
5- Skanda Purana, one of the Puranas created by Veda Vyasa, describes the circumstances that led to the divine ”appearance” of Lord Skanda. He is said to have been created from the sparks from Supreme Lord Shiva’s third eye. Agni Deva and Vayu carried the sparks and dropped it in the Ganges that was carried to the Saravana Poigai.
6- In another description of his origin, the Mahabharata, Lord Skanda is said to have been born from Svaha and Agni after Svaha impersonated the 6 of the 7 wives of the Saptarishi.
7- More references of Lord Skanda can be traced back to the 1st millennium BCE. there are references of Lord Skanda in Kalidasa’s epic poem the Kumarasambhava, in Kautilya’s Arthashastra, and in the works of Patanjali.
8- The 6 sites where Lord Skanda lived while leading his armies against Surapadman (all are in Tamil Nadu) are: Swamimalai, Palani, Pazhamudirsolai, Thiruparamkundram, Thiruchendur, and Thiruthani.
9- The emergence of Lord Skanda as a popular Hindu God in Tamil Nadu dates back as the Sangam Era during the 3 B.C to 4 B.C. Moreover, the Thirumurugatruppadai, a profound ancient devotional poem by Nakeerar, glorifies the Lord Skanda as the God of Eternal Youth.
10- The esteemed brother of Lord Skanda is Ganesha, the Lord of Obstacles.
11- Saundaravalli and Amaratavalli, the daughters of Lord Vishnu, the creator of the world, were ardent followers of Lord Skanda.
12- He has two wives: Deyvayanai and Valli. Devasena is the daughter of Indra, the king of the Devas and Valli is a tribal girl. One is Kriya-shakti (power of action) and the other Iccha-shakti (will power). Both these characteristics come together with the Kundalini Shakti.
13- In ancient India, he was acknowledged as the patron deity of thieves, as may be inferred from the Vetala Panchvimshati, a medieval collection of tales, and the Mrichchakatikam, a Sanskrit play by Shudraka.
14- In Bengal, he is recognised and venerated as the most handsome of the demi Gods. For example, on Durga Puja, Lord Skanda has to be adored along with Mother Durga and Lord Ganesh.
15- The existence of many temples dedicated to him leads to the conclusion that Lord Skanda’s worship is popular in South India. For instance, In Tamilnadu, it is equal in popularity to Lord Shiva’s worship. However, in North India, his worship seems to have declined slowly.
16 Moreover, in South India, he is referred as the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and is shown as married to a woman known as Kumari or VaIli or Devasena. In North India, he appears as never been married.
17- One of the most important holidays dedicated to the worship of Lord Skanda is Thaipusam. It is also held outside of India, mainly by the Tamil-speaking community settled in Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and South Africa.
18- His favorite weapon is the spear or vel, hence the famous name Velayudhan, that translates as ”he whose weapon is a spear.”
19- His vehicle is a peacock, a pious bird which grips with its feet a serpent. His peacock symbolizes him as the conqueror of sensual desires and a destroyer of all bad habits.
20- By worshipping Lord Skanda with deep and sincere devotion, all the difficulties and troubles in one’s life dissolve. More importantly, he can instill courage and hope in your mind and consciousness as well as he can help you to accomplish success in your professional life. Additionally, his benevolence destroys ignorance, negativity, and disease and can also help you overcome external and internal battles.
21- Once Kartikeya exposed Brahma’s ignorance of the Vedas. Hence, he got the name Brahma-sasta or the one who taught Brahma!
22- Mantra
Om Sharavana Bhavaya Namaha.
Meaning – “Om and salutations to the son of Supreme Lord Shiva, who brings auspiciousness and who is chief of the celestial army.
23- Shloka –
Gyaanashaktidhara skanda, ValliikalyaaNa sundara, Devasenaa manaH kaanta Kaartikeya namo astute
OM subrahmanyaaya namah.
meaning – ”Adoration to Kartikeya, who is also known as Skanda. He is the one who holds the staff of intelligence and holds the beautiful beloved of Goddess Vallii. She is the enchanter of the mind of Goddess Devasena. I offer adorations repeatedly to that Divine Lord.”
Jai Shri Kartikeya ๐Ÿ•‰๐Ÿ“ฟ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป


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1) Believe in God ! – Aastik – Accepted
2) Don’t believe in God ! – You’re accepted as Nastik
3) You want to worship idols – please go ahead. You are a murti pujak.
4) You dont want to worship idols – no problem. You can focus on Nirguna Brahman.
5) You want to criticise something in our religion. Come forward. We are logical. Nyaya, Tarka etc. are core Hindu schools.
6) You want to accept beliefs as it is. Most welcome. Please go ahead with it.
7) You want to start your journey by reading Bhagvad Gita – Sure !
๐Ÿ˜Ž You want to start your journey by reading Upanishads – Go ahead.
9) You want to start your journey by reading Purana – Be my guest.
10) You just don’t like reading Puranas or other books. No problem my dear. Go by Bhakti tradition . ( bhakti- devotion)
11) You don’t like idea of Bhakti ! No problem. Do your Karma. Be a karmayogi.
12) You want to enjoy life. Very good. No problem at all. This is Charvaka Philosophy.
13) You want to abstain from all the enjoyment of life & find God – jai ho ! Be a Sadhu, an ascetic !
14) You don’t like the concept of God. You believe in Nature only – Welcome. (Trees are our friends and Prakriti or nature is worthy of worship).
15) You believe in one God or Supreme Energy. Superb! Follow Advaita philosophy
16) You want a Guru. Go ahead. Receive gyaan.
17) You don’t want a Guru.. Help yourself ! Meditate, Study !
18) You believe in Female energy ! Shakti is worshipped.
19) You believe that every human being is equal. Yeah! You’re awesome, come on let’s celebrate Hinduism! “Vasudhaiva kutumbakam” (the world is a family)
20) You don’t have time to celebrate the festival.
Don’t worry. One more festival is coming! There are multiple festivals every single day of the year.
21) You are a working person. Don’t have time for religion. Its okay. You will still be a Hindu.
22) You like to go to temples. Devotion is loved.
23) You don’t like to go to temples – no problem. You are still a Hindu!
24) You know that Hinduism is a way of life, with considerable freedom.
25) You believe that everything has God in it. So you worship your mother, father, guru, tree, River, Prani-matra, Earth, Universe!
26) And If you don’t believe that everything has GOD in it – No problems. Respect your viewpoint.
27) “Sarve jana sukhino bhavantu ” (May you all live happily)
This is exactly the essence of Hinduism, all inclusive . That is why it has withstood the test of time inspite of repeated onslaught both from within and outside, and assimilated every good aspects from everything . That is why it is eternal !!!
There is a saying in Rigveda , the first book ever known to mankind which depicts the Hinduism philosophy in a Nutshell -” Ano bhadrah Krathavo Yanthu Vishwathah”- Let the knowledge come to us from every direction “! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฏ๐ŸŒ€๐Ÿ•‰๐Ÿ—ฟ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต
Hari Om Tat Sat ~ Om Namah Shivaya ๐Ÿ•‰๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ•‰

According to the Hindu Calendar, Magha Purnima is an important day and it is falls on 31 January this year.

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According to the Hindu Calendar, Magha Purnima is an important day and it is falls on 31 January this year. Scriptures describe the glory of holy bath and austerity observed during Magha Purnima and even in the whole Magha month. Doing Charity and taking bath in the holy water of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, on this day provides relief from all evil planetary effects.
Magh Mela is organized on the day of Magh Purnima. After bathing and Charity, devotees do worship and Hawan etc. On this day there is also a lunar eclipse or Chandra Garahan. The Purnima of Magh month is also called the Batti Purnima fast. According to the scriptures, the significance of food grains Charity and garments charity is considered on Magha Purnima. According to scriptures Lord Vishnu resides in Gangajal, so taking holy dip in river Ganga is considered very auspicious on this day, and in the whole month of Magh.
People take the early morning bath in the Ganga or in the Yamuna throughout the Magha month. The auspicious bathing starts from Paush Purnima and ends on Magha Purnima. Chanting and japa yields great results in this Magh month. Holy dip in River Ganga on Purnia leads one to moksha and salvation. Ganga originated from the holy feet of Shri Vishnu, so a dip in the holy river cleanse one of all sins. Many Hindu Devotees observe Special Pujas like Satyanarayan puja on this day.
All you need to know about Effects and How to reduce the effects of lunar eclipse.
On January 31, 2018, and on the full moon (Poornima) of Magh Shukla Paksha, seems to be a lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan as well. This eclipse will be visible throughout India. Apart from India, it will start at the time of moonlight in Asia, Russia, Mongolia, Japan, Australia, and in some parts of North America, Canada, the salvation of eclipse will be visible. According to the Indian Standard Time, Khagras Chandra Grahan in Assam, Meghalaya, Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and in some areas of North-Eastern India will start from 5:19 pm to 8:43 pm. The total duration of Khagras lunar eclipse is 01 hours 17 minutes and the total duration of lunar eclipse will be 3 hours 24 minutes.
๐ŸŒ™What are the effects of Chandra Grahan๐ŸŒ™
It's believed that the pregnant women should not see this eclipse.
One should eat food before the duration of the eclipse.
One should not eat or sleep during the eclipse.
Maximum japa or chanting should be done during the sclispe period.
Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudavaya Namah ~ Om Namah Shivaya Mantra should be chanted repeatedly.
At the time of Chandra Grahan, chanting a mantra, Pooja, and Hawan gives multi fold results.
When the eclipse begins to subside, Doing charity to the needful brings the good results.

Blue Moon will be visible in India after two years and eight months. It is the first of the two blue moons in 2018 so it is not just a lunar eclipse, it is a blue moon total eclipse. This moon will be closer to the orbit of earth. The evening of January 31st will witness a supermoon, Blue moon and a lunar eclipse.
In Lunar eclipse, the bright, pearly disc of the moon will turn dark. A lunar eclipse will occur when the Sun, Moon and the Earth are aligned for a period of time. During a lunar eclipse, the Moon gets shadowed by Earth. Sunlight passing through the Earth’s atmosphere, break down in its constituent colors and the red part gets scattered by the atmosphere and falls on the Moon’s surface, thus making it take on a reddish copper. For this, the eclipse that will occur on January 31st is also a blood moon.
This eclipse is a blue moon because the full moon has occurred twice once, one on January 2 and other will be on January 31st. In Asia, this type of eclipse will occur after thirty-five years. The last time the same eclipse was witnessed in 1982. Lunar Eclipse occur twice a year but is not necessary that this will occur with the blue moon. Lunar Eclipse can occur with Supermoon.
๐Ÿ”ฑ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒธ Om Shri Ganeshaya Namah ~ Jai Shivashakti! ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ”ฑ
๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ”ฑ๐Ÿ˜ Shubh Prabhat ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ”ฑ๐ŸŒธ